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Fires in Western Australia


Published December 1, 2011


The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (AGBM) issued a Fire Weather Warning in the southwestern region of Western Australia at 4:00 p.m. WST on Thursday, December 1, 2011. Fires have been raging for over a week now in the southwestern portion of Western Australia. When NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the area on Nov. 23, 2011 at 06:05 UTC, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Instrument aboard detected fires (in red) and plumes of smoke (light gray). The AGBM noticed that there is a severe to extreme fire danger forecast for the Central West district and Mortlock subdistrict of the Central Wheatbelt today, and tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2011. There is also a severe to extreme fire danger for the Central West District through Dec. 2. That warning means that "if fire starts and takes hold it will be unpredictable, move very fast and difficult for firefighters to bring under control." NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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Source http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/world/aus-20111201.html
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Date 2011-12-01
Identifier 607338main_Australia
Addeddate 2012-01-26 19:44:08
Publicdate 2012-01-26 19:44:22

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